Religion in secular society
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Representatives from unregistered Evangelical Christian-Baptist churches protest changes to the law on freedom of conscience
Representatives from unregistered Evangelical Christian-Baptist churches have appealed to the Russian president protesting against a new bill, which in their opinion “encroaches on citizens’ rights to freedom of conscience and religion.”21.04.2014 - 12:56
Russian government approves draft amendment “On Freedom of Conscience”, easing registration for religious organizations
On March 20th, 2014, the Russian government confirmed a bill “On amending Federal Law ‘On freedom of conscience and religious associations’ and abrogating provisions of certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation”, and made the decision to submit the bill to the Duma. The change primarily drops the requirement to confirm that a religious group has existed for at least 15 years in order to be registered as a religious organization.14.04.2014 - 14:40
Ilkhom Merazhov and Kamil Odilov have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.17.02.2014 - 16:04
This is the latest annual report by the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis on freedom of conscience in the Russian Federation.18.05.2018
USCIRF releases report on the impact of Russian anti-extremism policies on freedom of religion or belief
On February 12, 2018, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued the report "Inventing Extremists. The Impact of Russian Anti-Extremism Policies on Freedom of Religion or Belief" by SOVA Center expert Maria Kravchenko.
The report is available at the USCIRF website in PDF.
On April 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized the central organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization and banned it along with 395 local religious organizations. The decision of the Supreme Court you can see here.21.09.2017
SOVA Center for Information and Analysis took part in the 2015 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw (September 21 – October 2). Here we publish the report made by the center’s speakers at sessions "Fundamental Freedoms II" on September 30, 2015.30.09.2015
SOVA Center for Information and Analysis took part in the 2015 OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM) in Vienna (July 2-3). Here we publish the report made by the center’s speakers at working session "Freedom of Religion or Belief and fostering mutual respect and understanding in the OSCE area - opportunities and challenges" on July 2, 2015.03.07.2015